How to Care for Your Home Organically

Chemical cleaners sure do the job, but they can also be abrasive on your hands and respiratory system. In most cases they also aren’t necessary, we have just become so reliant on them to keep our homes clean. This habit can be bad for our health but also for the environment. 

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If your New Year’s resolution was to take a step back and live life more organically, then the best place to start is your home. 

Natural Home Cleaning Solutions 

You can pretty much clean your entire home with natural solutions – humanity has been doing it for millennia, after all. Here is a roundup of our best home-tips for the eco-conscious: 

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Clean Those Hard-to-Reach Windows in 5 Easy Steps

If only every window in your home could be a first-floor window or a double-hung, tilt-sash window, you’d never need special tools or techniques to clean them. But for most homeowners, that’s simply not the case. Transoms, skylights, big picture windows, and older windows may all require a little ingenuity to clean.

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Fortunately, cleaning those hard-to-reach windows is definitely doable. With the right tools and the right plan, you can get all of your windows sparkling clean for spring. 

Assemble the Right Tools

Unless all of the windows in your house are designed to tilt, turn, or slide for easy cleaning, you’re going to need special tools to clean them. For cleaning exterior windows, you’ll need a long-handled window-cleaning tool with a microfiber pad and squeegee, a garden hose, and outdoor window cleaner. We suggest buying a bottle of cleaner that attaches to your garden hose so you can easily spray the cleaner onto the exterior of your hard-to-reach windows. 

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Helpful Post-Holiday Season Cleaning Tips

The holiday season is a time of tremendous joy, happiness and all-around warmth. However, as any seasoned parent can attest, it’s also a time of consistent messiness. (I mean…more so than usual.) With every member of your household on vacation at the same time and various guests coming and going, there are ample opportunities for messes to be made. Furthermore, the festive decorations most households are adorned in tend to be much easier to put up than take down. While working up the resolve to clean your home in the wake of the holidays may prove somewhat challenging, a little bit of follow-through and assistance can go a long way.

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Tackle One Task at a Time 

When preparing to clean your house after the holiday rush, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, with so many tasks to undertake, it’s hard to determine where you should even start. Many people respond to this stress by putting post-holiday cleaning on the backburner. However, while this may provide relief in the short term, it will ultimately make the cleanup more difficult to carry out. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, sit down and write up a checklist of every post-holiday cleaning task you need to tackle. Once this list has been created, attend to each individual task one-by-one, taking care to place a checkmark beside each completed chore. On a subconscious level, many of us crave structure, and adding a sense of organization can make even the most arduous post-holiday cleanup seem considerably more manageable.    

Adhere to Neighborhood Policies Regarding Decorations 

Many neighborhoods, apartment buildings and condo complexes have rules regarding how long holiday decorations can be left out. While the exact timeframe varies from location to location, these rules typically dictate that all outdoor holiday decorations must be taken down shortly after the first of the year. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines and stern condemnations from neighborhood associations, landlords and building managers. Keep in mind that some locales are far stricter about enforcing these rules than others, and the consequences can range from mild to severe. 

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Keep Your Home Clean and Organized

Keeping your home clean and organized, especially with children running around, might feel impossible. But there are a few ways to help you maintain a cleaner home through the implementation of simple tips and tricks that are tailored for households with children! Let’s check them out!

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Don’t Clean – Prevent!

We have established this list is for families with children, maybe even young children running around, and, possibly (or probably), smudging surfaces, scratching this, scuffing that, and so on. Well, the trick here is to find products that not only help you clean your home, but assist in preventing smudges, scratches, and scuff marks from ever happening in the first place.

Using nanoCare waterproofing products on the surfaces in your home is the answer we have all been searching for. Basically, what this does is create a protective layer from corrosion, scratches, marks, you name it. It is also waterproof, which is great for those beautiful surfaces that do not need water spilling all over them accidentally.

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Keeping Your Cloth Diapers & Washing Machine Sanitary

Am I the only one who cleans the things that clean the things? Anyone else clean their vacuum? Their dishwasher? Their washing machine? I am SO very particular about our washing machine. Please tell me someone else is like this…?

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I was especially particular about our washing machine when our twins were tiny. Because GERMS! If you DON’T clean the things that clean the things…and you have a washing machine, (and you happen to be in the throes of cloth diapering) think about this:

You already know that disposable diapers are a recurring expense for at least three years of your baby’s life. Another disadvantage of disposable diapers is their contribution to trash and waste in landfills. You are avoiding the expense and waste problem by using cloth diapers. Yay for you!

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